A STEM Start to the School Year!

Activities and ideas to kick your year off.

Beginning of the year activities.

Below you will find resources and activities for starting your year. If you find a resource you want to use with your class just go to "FILE" then "MAKE A COPY" and an editable version will be saved in your Google Drive.
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Teaching the Engineering Design process early on will set your students up for a year of investigation and problem solving skills they will blow you away with! Explore and adapt any of these HyperDocs to fit the needs of your students.
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University of Arkansas STEM Site

The mission of the Integrated STEM Education program at the University of Arkansas is to provide future elementary teachers with the knowledge, skills, aptitudes, and tools necessary to make positive and lasting differences in the lives of their current and future students. We believe in providing a creative, and critical-thinking environment where engaging STEM content is the foundation and learning is delivered through real-world connections, problem/project based learning, and performance-based assessment. The ultimate goal of the program is to nurture STEM confidence, the ability to deliver engaging STEM curriculum, as well as a passion for STEM learning among elementary teacher education candidates and practicing teachers. http://stem.uark.edu/


Check out all of their resources for Narrative Curriculum Design. An AMAZING way to incorporate engineering into literature!

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What is Math? What do mathematicians do?

An AWESOME blog post by Sara Van Der Werf with a fantastic way to start the year off with Mathematical Mindsets. These activities are brilliant and the responses from your students will totally blow your mind. You definitely need to do this on week 1!


Post with links to resources and activities!

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A little something extra =)

This isn't exactly STEM but it is VERY important to start your year off building relationships with your students and creating a safe and caring community so that you can all be the best learners you can be! Below you will find some resources for doing just that =)

Thanks for reading! Hope you found the resources useful.

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